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Regional inequality and immiserization


  • Bharati Basu
  • Bharat Hazari


In this paper we use a four-sector, two-region model to investigate the impact of an increase in capital on regional income inequality. We also analyze its impact on wages, and rents on capital and land. These changes occur due to a movement in the internal terms of trade - a worsening of the relative price of rural non-traded goods to urban non-traded goods - as distinct from the international terms of trade. We demonstrate that under certain conditions, an increase in urban capital necessarily immiserizes the rural region and thereby increases inequality among regions.

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  • Bharati Basu & Bharat Hazari, 2008. "Regional inequality and immiserization," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(3), pages 201-213.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:11:y:2008:i:3:p:201-213
    DOI: 10.1080/17487870802417222

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